Pickpocket Pickpocket

Pickpocket

Robert Bresson

 
Pickpocket (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

15 Jul 2014

Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD

2 Discs

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  • France
  • 1959
  • 75 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #314

This incomparable story of crime and redemption from French master Robert Bresson follows Michel, a young pickpocket who spends his days working the streets, subway cars, and train stations of Paris. As his compulsive pursuit of the thrill of stealing grows, however, so does his fear that his luck is about to run out. A cornerstone in the career of this most economical and profoundly spiritual of filmmakers, Pickpocket is an elegantly crafted, tautly choreographed study of humanity in all its mischief and grace, the work of a director at the height of his powers.

Cast

Credits

DirectorRobert Bresson
ScreenplayRobert Bresson
CinematographyLéonce-Henri Burel
ProducerAgnès Delahaie
EditingRaymond Lamy
Production designPierre Charbonnier
SoundAntoine Archimbaud
Music from the opera Atys byJean-Baptiste Lully
Conducted byMarc Lanjean
Arrangement byFernand Oubradous
Production managerMichel Choquet
Pickpocket consultantKassagi

Disc Features

  • New, 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by film scholar James Quandt
  • Introduction by writer-director Paul Schrader
  • The Models of “Pickpocket,” a 2003 documentary by Babette Mangolte that features actors from the film
  • Interview from 1960 with director Robert Bresson, from the French television program Cinépanorama
  • Q&A on Pickpocket from 2000 with actor Marika Green and filmmakers Paul Vecchiali and Jean-Pierre Améris
  • Footage of the sleight-of-hand artist and Pickpocket consultant Kassagi from a 1962 episode of the French television show La piste aux étoiles
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by novelist and critic Gary Indiana

    Cover based on theatrical poster

Film Essays

Pickpocket: Robert Bresson—Hidden in Plain Sight

By Gary IndianaNovember 07, 2005

I have an unusually easy way of remembering when I first became fascinated by Robert Bresson’s . . . Read more »

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Clippings

Bailey on Bresson

May 12, 2011

Call it notes from a cinematographer on Notes on the Cinematographer: for the latest post to . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Pickpocket: Robert Bresson—Hidden in Plain Sight

By Gary IndianaNovember 07, 2005

I have an unusually easy way of remembering when I first became fascinated by Robert Bresson’s . . . Read more »